New York based painter Matthew Grabelsky studied both art and astrophysics, and spent four years in Florence studying classical painting techniques.
His recent series of paintings presents scenes in the New York subway system, in which unusual juxtapositions occur among the passengers — animals, mythical figures intermix with the “normal” day to day appearance of other riders.
Grabelsky indicates that his intention is to blend the commonplace with imagery from dreams, rather than to present allegory or fantasy.
His classical training gives his pieces a weight and visual substance that gives the mixed realities a tactile presence.
Grabelsky’s work is currently on display as part of a group show at the thinkspace Gallery in Culver City, CA, through May 16, 2015.